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Project by Jamie Speirs posted 04-28-2011 02:22 PM 2406 views 7 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I was on Arran delivering the Oak Door
I spied this sliver of wood

It turned out to be Green Heart from the old pier on Arran
They were cutting it up for firewood and this piece was deemed
not good enough to burn. :)
My Mum & Faither went to Arran on their Honeymoon
So they stood on this very Pier.

So it has been sitting in the drive bugging me
So yesterday I decided to make something out of it
This is the result, VERY rustic (or should I say Rough)
Picture 5 is for Mads, nice Cigars fae the Scandinavian Tobacco Co.

It is about 30”w 15” h & 10” deep. Although I have not measured it
I’m still using no tape or square, trying still to get the taste of that square
unit out of my system, yuck!

Oil finish then my beeswax paste wax on top
I made up a batch of black paste wax for the rough parts crevices
I’ll post picture six when I’ve done this.

The tusks are ebony.

Jamie
in another wonderfully sunny day in Scotland
life dont get much better :)

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe





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HalDougherty

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#1 posted 04-28-2011 02:26 PM

Too bad every piece of firewood doesn’t get the chance to be turned into something beautiful! Great job.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 04-28-2011 02:36 PM

It came out just wonderful, Jaime! I love the history also. It is a great tribute to your mom and dad and the character of the wood is really nice. You have a great eye for spotting possibilities!

Glad you are full of sunshine! :) Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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spunwood

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#3 posted 04-28-2011 02:54 PM

Great story and one of my favorite of yours.

I love that it still looks like a pier.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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RGtools

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#4 posted 04-28-2011 03:04 PM

I love the texture.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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rivergirl

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#5 posted 04-28-2011 03:25 PM

This is a keeper! Of course I love it and what a great tale! Glad the sun is shining there, it is trying to here, but the strong wind has replaced the blue skies with big ominous black ones… again.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#6 posted 04-28-2011 03:35 PM

Great Job Jamie! 90% of my work is done with no tape or square.
Go Man Go! Thanks, Ted.

-- Ted, TX or PA www.around-the-bend.com

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rivergirl

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#7 posted 04-28-2011 03:37 PM

Yes, Jamie- you would love Ted. And his workshop and projects. :) You will have to come to Pennsylvania one day and you would fit right in with us!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 04-28-2011 03:48 PM

You must do Scotland first. :)

I do like Ted’s work

I reckon we are all mad :)

I’m busy in the woodpile and I think I’ve found a few Pink Ivory logs
Not to big but as hard as steel

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Bluepine38

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#9 posted 04-28-2011 03:56 PM

Jamie, I am sure that Rivergirl is going to be drooling over this one. I am glad that you were able to
rescue that wood and its history, both for your family history and the history of the wood. So much
of this wood is getting burned just to get it out of the way. I do really like that bench and the cigars
remind me of Kipling’s “The Betrothed” and its infamous lines
“A million surplus Maggies are willing to bear the yoke;
And a woman is only a woman, but a good Cigar is a Smoke.”
Thank you for sharing another moment of your life and woodworking with us.
We had a sunny day yesterday, up to 60 degree F, but today we are back to the liquid sunshine.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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murch

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#10 posted 04-28-2011 04:08 PM

Nice job Jamie. I’m glad to see Scotland is getting its “typical” Spring sunshine.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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swirt

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#11 posted 04-28-2011 04:26 PM

That came out great. I like all that texture and history.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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mtnwild

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#12 posted 04-28-2011 06:48 PM

That’s cool!! Creationist man! Let that wood become its potential. Good eye, great result. Distinction….......

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Bertha

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#13 posted 04-28-2011 08:26 PM

I love everything about it. Incredible work.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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tbone

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#14 posted 04-28-2011 09:33 PM

I can’t tell you how much I like this table! The story may be even better. So, if you have any kids of your own, make sure that they know the story also. Better yet, write it down somewhere, and the story will live on.

By the way, I have been to Scotland to visit my daughter who was studying there at the Univ. of Edinburgh. I fell in love with the countryside there—especially that little Edradour distillery in Pitlochry.

-- Kinky Friedman on gay marriage: "They should have the right to be just as miserable as the rest of us."

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Div

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#15 posted 04-28-2011 10:22 PM

Very nice Jamie! Lots of character, just like its maker. We all knew Rivergirl would love this one! Please don’t say anything more about those Pink Ivory logs….I might turn a pinkish shade of green!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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